How to Get a Document Notarized
Getting a Document Notarized
DO NOT sign or date the document unless a Notary Public or court clerk is there to watch. Some examples of documents that are commonly notarized are: affidavits, Power of Attorney, medical documents like Health Care Directives, and documents that transfer assets to another person like wills, deeds and trusts.
To get a document notarized, you have to sign it in front of a Notary Public or court clerk. Notaries are people with the power to make legal documents valid. They watch while you sign the document. Then they sign it too, and stamp it with an official stamp.
Notaries Take Their Duties Very Seriously!
Notaries take an Oath that says they will not notarize any form unless they see it get signed. If you sign the document first, and then take it to the Notary, the Notary will say "Come back later - with an unsigned copy." You also need to bring a photo ID.
Where Can You Find A Notary Public?
Try your local Courthouse - many Court clerks Notarize court documents. Many banks have a Notary Public, too. Most Notaries are free, but some charge up to a dollar. Court staff do not charge for notarizing court documents.
What Do You Do With the Notarized Document?
Make copies, and keep it in a safe place, with your important documents.
Last Review and Update: May 04, 2011